AMF Tempe Village - 2/4/2024

Our event this weekend was at AMF Tempe Village and we had a great turnout with 109 entries (76 qualifying and 33 economy parlays).  We had 28 cashers, a 1 in 3. 8 cash ratio and paid out over $6,200.00 in main and side event prize funds.  The players bowled on the 45ft PBA Dragon oil pattern that played tough early on in the day, but scores would increase as the pattern broke down.  Bowlers were able to play a variety of angles on the pattern as long as they were able to get their ball to read the lane and not overhook.  The cut scores stayed around +70 for most of the day, which meant that you had to bowl about 15 pins over your average per game to qualify.

We had some new bowlers join us for their first ever event and we want to welcome Jacob Dow, Jeff Dow, Brennan Huus, Bailey Knight, Shawn Fleming, Jon Taylor, Casey Condiotti, and Jaden Duong who all bowled in their first event this weekend.  We hope you all had a good time and look forward to seeing you at our next event.  Congrats to Jaden Duong who made it to the quarterfinals in their very first event and being this weekend’s only Parlay Power Players. Jaden was able to qualify for the quarterfinals off his $30 economy parlay investment. We did not have anyone win the Momma’s Mystery Pot, so that will rollover to the first squad at AMF Chandler. The Momma’s Mystery Pot is up to two pots of $500.00 and a third pot of $300.00! Your winner of the free plastic ball raffle, with an option to upgrade to any Track high-performance ball for $95.00, was Justin Surat.

Since this event was only 2 squads, there was no re-oil before the quarterfinals. This resulted in some medium to high scores with the standings being very, very tight. We would have 22 quarterfinalists and with our 1 in 3 cut ratio from the quarterfinals to the semi-final round, we would cut to the Top 2 in each Division. Your A Division leader would be Josh Williams (+103) and he would face off against Carlos Vejar (+38).  In the B Division your overall #1 seed would be Patrick Yarns (+123) and he would take on Ryan Griggs (+116).  The C Division would see Steve Sanderson (+69) emerge as your #1 seed and he would be matched up against Peter Trofimuk (+61).

The A Division semi-final match would go back and forth with each bowler stringing strikes and trying to gain the upper hand. It would come down to the ninth and tenth frames as Josh Williams would double in the ninth but open in the tenth frame to finish with a score of 217. This would give Carlos a chance to win if he could punch out in the tenth frame. Carlos would leave a ring 10-pin on his first ball in the tenth, which he would go on to spare. Carlos would strike on his fill ball to finish up with a score of 197 for second place in his division.

The B Division semi-final would be a higher scoring match. Patrick Yarns would put a score of 237, which would normally win most matches. Ryan Griggs has been on fire since the start of the season and Ryan would put together his best game of the tournament with a huge score of 279 (247 scratch) to runaway with the match and advance to the Finals.

The C Division semi-final match would be a real nail biter as Peter Trofimuk and Steve Sanderson would go back and forth for most of the match. Peter would finish up first as he would grind his way to a score of 189. Steve, coming off an open frame in the ninth, would need a double and good count to have a chance to advance to the Finals. Steve’s first ball would strike but his second shot would get a bit too far right to quick and would go into the gutter for an open. Steve’s fill shot in the tenth would get eight as he would finish with a score of 177.

The Final match would see Josh Williams looking for his 5th AHT SFT title and had been bowling well all day. Ryan Griggs was looking to win back-to-back titles, his 3rd overall, as he had just won the previous tournament at Bowlero Via Linda which we’ve only seen a handful of times. Peter Trofimuk has been working on his game and it was good to see all his hard work finally paying off as he was looking to get his hands on his second AHT SFT title. The first-place prize was projected at $1,150.00, but we wouldn’t know for certain as Peter was not in the Progressive Pot, so the prize fund would not be finalized until after the match was completed.

The Final match would start off with all three bowlers trying to settle in and get lined up.  Josh and Ryan would fill their frames for the first couple of frames. Peter come out on fire as he would put this match away as we would see him throw a personal best 256 scotch game (312 with handicap) to take home his 2nd AHT SFT title and $600.00! Since Peter was not in the Progressive Pot, then he would only win the prize money while the remaining $575.00 in Progressive winnings would be redistributed to all the other Quarterfinalists that were in the Progressive Pot. Congrats to Ryan Griggs, as he would come in second place with a score of 235 for $750.00! Also, congrats to Josh Williams who would finish in third place, with a score of 229, for $450.00!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our tournament this weekend.  We are going to be off next weekend for the Super Bowl, but we hope to see you all at AMF Chandler on Sunday, February 18th for a 3-squad event!  Have a great week!

AMF Tempe Village Finals - Josh Williams vs. Ryan Griggs vs. Peter Trofimuk